RAMS boss Neil Kelly believes his side have the fighting spirit necessary to drag themselves away from a relegation fight but insists that they must learn to be more disciplined.
Kelly he has won two out of his three games back in charge at Dewsbury, with the most recent victory coming against rivals Batley in a dramatic 23-22 victory in the Challenge Cup.
Dewsbury face Oldham at the Tetley’s Stadium this Sunday (3pm) and Kelly believes that picking up the two points on offer will be vital in Dewsbury’s fight to avoid the drop into League 1.
“We still have to play Oldham twice, as the away fixture was postponed and we need to pick up four points from the two games,” said Kelly.
“We need to add to the two points that we got last time out and make sure that when we split into the 8s that we have a chance of doing well.
Kelly feels that his side have got some confidence back after wins over Batley in the league and cup but is frustrated that his players are making things difficult for themselves.
He said: “I’m a little frustrated in the way we are working harder than we should be to win games, we aren’t doing things smart enough, we are conceding stupid penalties and it is something we need to work on.
“The players will realise that if we make it easier on ourselves that we will be fitter in the second half, which has been the part of the game this year in which we have struggled.”
“We showed great spirit on Sunday, we had several players who should not have played. We showed effort and spirit but we are burning up energy because of poor discipline.”
Kelly has been pleased with the effort from his players since taking charge and feels he has already seen a difference in the mentality of his team.
He said: “I’ve nothing but admiration and gratitude for the players, they have put lots of effort in and even when we were defeated by Sheffield, I don’t consider that to be down to lack of effort.
“It’s just about adopting the correct techniques in certain areas of the game, we just have to be hungry to do more things right.”
Dewsbury were drawn at home for the third successive round in the Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening and will come up against dual-reg partners Wakefield Trinity, however Kelly’s only focus is Oldham this weekend.
He said: “All I’m concentrating on at the moment is turning Oldham over on Sunday, it’s romantic to be involved in the cup competition but my main priority at the moment is to see who is fit and ready for Sunday.”
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